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Cheesemakers land eighth seed, will host Oregon
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MONROE - The Monroe High School boys basketball team learned its opponent for its opening game in the WIAA basketball tournament.

Monroe (9-12) received an eighth seed and will host ninth-seeded Oregon (10-11) in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Feb. 28. The Cheesemakers and Panthers split two Badger South Conference games this season. The Panthers defeated the Cheesemakers 45-38 Jan. 27 and Monroe beat visiting Oregon 54-43 Feb. 2.

"I was really surprised," Monroe coach Brian Bassett said of getting the eighth seed. "We thought we would get the nine or 10 based on how we have been playing lately. At least one coach had us at seven. Some of the coaches showed a lot of respect for Monroe. We just have to get back together and make a run late."

If Monroe wins, the Cheesemakers would play top-seeded Waunakee in a regional semifinal game March 3.

The WIAA released the seeds and brackets Sunday for the boys tournament.

The other area regional games are as follows:

Division 3

Brodhead received a 13th seed and will play at fourth-seeded Madison Edgewood.

Division 4

Darlington (20-0), ranked second in the Associated Press Division 4 state poll, received a No. 1 seed in the bottom part of the Baraboo sectional and will have a first-round bye. The Redbirds will play the winner of eighth-seeded Cambridge and ninth-seeded Lancaster in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 3 in Darlington.

New Glarus received a second seed, also in the lower half of the Baraboo sectional, and also received a first-round bye. New Glarus will play the winner of seventh-seeded Belleville and 10th-seeded Cuba City March 3. The earliest New Glarus could meet Darlington is in a sectional semifinal.

Division 5

As expected, Barneveld, ranked second in Division 5, received the top seed in the top half of the Watertown sectional. The Golden Eagles received a first-round bye.

Argyle received a 12th seed and will play at fifth-seeded Fall River.

Black Hawk received a third seed and will host 14th-seeded Madison Country Day.

Monticello, the No. 11 seed, will play at sixth-seeded Cambria-Friesland.

Seventh-seeded Juda will host 10th-seeded Albany.

Pecatonica received a second seed and will host 15th-seeded Central Wisconsin Christian. The earliest Pecatonica could face Barneveld would be in the sectional semifinal.